Best New Hybrids 2018
Golf Digest editors Mike Stachura and Ashley Mayo discus the place of hybrids in your bag and how they can best benefit your game.
Released on 1/30/2018
Are hybrids designed to replace fairway woods or irons?
Higher swing speed players can get away with
more hybrids replacing fairway woods.
Lower swing speed players can get away with hybrids
replacing more long and even middle irons.
If you're somewhere in the middle,
you know let's say a 7 wood versus a 4 iron, let's say.
What you need to think about is
what am I using that club for, what am I comfortable with?
Am I comfortable attacking the green,
[Ashley] Uh huh
[Mike] then I want a hybrid.
If I'm just literally trying to advance the ball any place
a fairway woods probably gonna be sufficient.
It's not necessarily gonna hit it to fifteen feet,
as consistently because you've got a longer shaft
and it's harder to hit accurately,
but a hybrid is really just a better version of an iron.
[Ashley] And what are the new technologies that
we're gonna see in hybrids, this season?
You're seeing some of the things
come down from Fairway woods, right?
So you've got hotter faces that are thinner
with special metals and I think what's interesting
about special metals isn't just that they're more flexible,
it's that their lighter, okay so that lightweight
means that the weight that you would normally
spend in the face,
which is typically the heaviest part
of a club head is now distributed where you want it.
Some hybrids it's that they're distributing the weight
around the perimeter in deep to help you launch it high
and be forgiving in off-center hits.
And some fairway woods, they're taking that saved weight
and pushing it a little bit toward the front,
so you're gonna hit more of a penetrating flight,
again a better players sorta flight.
So there's options in hybrids that run the gamut this day.
[Ashley] And is there an ideal number of hybrids
a golfer should have, in his or her bag?
If he has any doubt about any iron in the bag,
the hybrid is a better choice.
Okay, it's more forgiving, it's sole is wider,
so it's more forgiving through the turf, it's off-center
hit performance gives more ball speed.
So it's just better.
I think what it comes down to
is when you look down at a
4 hybrid or a 5 hybrid or a 6 hybrid
is that what you wanna see or do you wanna see an iron
and so again there's a comfort level,
but I think if there's any doubt, a hybrid is better.
And I think especially men
can take comfort
in the fact that PGA tour players use hybrids.
It's not a macho thing to use long irons, right?
It's not, It's clearly a case of
even the best players want help.
So, help yourself.
Embrace those hybrids.